Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.
Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.
Chetty’s current research combines empirical evidence and theory, and focuses on equality of opportunity and how to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding later in life. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by The New York Times and The Economist. He is the editor of the Journal of Public Economics and has appeared on WBUR’s On Point, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money.
Ankit Panda is an international affairs expert and senior editor at The Diplomat, an online Asian Affairs magazine. He writes daily on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts a podcast on Asian geopolitics.
Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”
Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.
As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.
Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.
At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.
Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution
Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery
If you’ve been following our features, you’ll have noticed that we’ve had NPR journalists on different beats – politics, science, arts – guest edit Source of the Week. This week, we have two producers from NPR Newscast, Robert Garcia and Dave Pignanelli, taking over the guest editing reins.
In light of the recent volatility in global markets, Dave recommended a source that could speak on this issue:
“Dr. Sung Won Sohn is an economist who specializes in the global economy – China in particular. What’s great about Dr. Sohn is that he doesn’t speak in jargon. He is excellent at putting business and economic news into context. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Markets consistently rank him among the top economic forecasters in the U.S.”
“Dr. Margaret Simms is a policy expert who works for the Urban Institute. She is renowned for her expertise on the economic well-being of African Americans, and has been featured on Marketplace and Tell Me More. She is the kind of expert who can give us a deeper understanding into the character of urban communities and how they are affected by violence and by lack of economic opportunity. Of course, she can’t speak directly to the law enforcement aspects, that’s not her area of expertise, but I would recommend Dr. Simms for the ‘2nd and 3rd’ day stories – once we’ve gotten past the headlines and are able to take a deeper dive into underlying aspects of the challenges facing America’s urban areas.”
“I think the most important thing is for families to start a little bit early. If you have a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old, start now. If you are a senior and you still have not figured out how you’re going to pay for college, it is not too late to start. First, think about the colleges for which you’d be well-suited without reference to cost, and then with your list of colleges, go online and go to those colleges’ net cost calculators.
Figure out how much it would cost you. Ignore all of the information that you may hear from your neighbors and your friends about how much they think college costs or something that you hear that’s alarmist. Go and figure out how much it’s going to cost you and focus on that.”